Hunter Canyon - Hiking
Escape the sun—and the crowds—on a half-day hike in Hunter Canyon. Not ready to leave? Stick around and enjoy Moab-area camping at its best.
Destination Distance From Downtown
Since the entire hike is along the canyon floor, there's no strenuous elevation gain or loss, but hikers should be prepared to walk on variable footing, including stream crossings and dry washes, and occasionally navigate off-trail.
Time To Complete
The trail along the canyon floor is only about two miles each way, but it's often over uneven terrain and occasionally peters out entirely, so you won't be moving quickly. You won't want to rush it, anyway—it's more fun to let your imagination run wild in the natural playground on the canyon floor.
The towering red cliffs provide shade on even the hottest days, making Hunter Canyon a year-round destination. Be sure to check the forecast and avoid the canyon during and after thunderstorms (especially during the late spring runoff)—you don't want to be caught there in a flash flood.
Dogs are allowed on BLM land, but keep an eye out for critters—on warm days, there's a good chance of running across rattlesnakes.
There's no fee to use the trail, though there are excellent campsites available on a first-come, first-serve basis for $10/night. Note that the trail is open only to hikers; mountain bikes are not allowed.